"That's awesome, because back home, all the people watch telenovelas, so it's gonna be great," Cabrera said after posing for a group photo with the nine Cave Dwellers in the living room. "All the people back in Latin America are going to be excited."
"He's good. I think he could be an actor," Balester said, as Cabrera cracked up beside him. "This is the start of his acting career once baseball is done. He's just a natural. This is going to get the Fan Cave huge in Latin America, and Miguel Cabrera was a big part of it."
Cabrera, who homered in the homestand finale against Seattle, said he is starting to hit his stride at the plate and was treating the Yankees opener like a new day following a rough homestand.
"I'm starting to feel more comfortable, starting to see the ball better, drive the ball better, and hopefully we can stick together and bring more runs to the plate and win more games," he said.
"We look forward to a new series to start over again. We're coming off a tough time, losing [four] in a row at home. We look at it like starting a new series, that's it."
While Cabrera has a decade of experience in The Bronx, Balester, who had back-to-back two-inning stints during the Mariners series, said he was looking forward to the possibility of his Yankee Stadium debut. His prior trips to New York were in the National League.
"It's gonna be awesome, you know, not too many times you get to go to Yankee Stadium," Balester said. "I know it's not the old one, but there's still been history at this new one. It's just cool to go there. I've been in New York a couple of times, playing against the Mets. It's going to be a cool experience. I'm going to take it all in and check out the monuments in center field and all that stuff first, and then just be ready to go when game time comes and be ready to pitch."